Edmond Malone


The son of a Dublin attorney, Edmond Malone attended Trinity College Dublin (B.A. 1762, LL.D. 1801) and the Inner Temple (1763); he was called to the Irish bar in 1767. Malone settled in London in 1777 and became a man of letters and a member of Johnson's Club with Boswell, Burke, Reynolds, and Percy. The foremost literary historian of his age, Malone made his reputation with his edition of Shakespeare, first published in 1790.


1782[Chatterton and Rowley transposed.]
1789[Edmond Malone discovers Edmund Spenser's Pension.]
1796[The Trial of the Shakespeare Forgeries on Mount Parnassus.]
1800Note on Spenser's Archaisms.
1800Note on the Composition of the Faerie Queene.
1800 ca.The Life of William Shakespeare.


Poems and plays [Goldsmith, ed. Malone]. 2 vols, Dublin 1777.
An attempt to ascertain the order in which the plays attributed to Shakespeare were written. In Steevens's Shakespeare, vol. 1. 1778.
The tragicall hystory of Romeus and Juliet. [Bandello, trans. Arthur Brooke, ed. Malone. 1780.
A supplement to the edition of Shakespeare published in 1778 by Johnson and Steevens: containing additional observations. 2 vols, 1780.
Cursory observations on the poems attributed to Thomas Rowley. 1782.
A second appendix to Mr. Malone's supplement to the last edition of the plays of Shakespeare. 1783.
A dissertation on the three parts of King Henry 6. 1787.
The plays and poems of William Shakespeare. 10 vols in 11, 1790.
Prospectus of a new edition of Shakespeare's plays and poems. 1792.
A letter to Dr. Richard Farmer, relative to the edition of Shakespeare. 1792.
The biographical mirror [includes lives by Malone]. 3 vols, 1795-98.
Proposals [for a new edition of Shakespeare]. 1795.
An inquiry into the authenticity of certain papers attributed to Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth and Henry, Earl of Southampton. 1796.
Works of Sir Joshua Reynolds, with an account of his life and writings. 2 vols, 1797.
The critical and miscellaneous prose works of John Dryden. 3 vols in 4, 1800.
Parliamentary logick [W. G. Hamilton, ed. Malone]. 1808.
An account of the incidents from which the title and part of the story of Shakespeare's Tempest were derived, and its true date ascertained. 1808.
Joseph Spence, Anecdotes, ed. Malone. 1820.
Correspondence, ed. J. O. Halliwell. 1864.
Correspondence of Thomas Percy and Malone, ed. Arthur Tillotson and Cleanth Brooks. Baton Rouge, 1944.